What the Mayor Means by “One San Diego”

September 18th, 2020

Recently, children in LaJolla decorated the La Jolla Bike Path with artwork in support of the African-Americans who die daily due to the four-centuries long American experiment in systemic racism.  Those children know what matters.

That puts them one up on the Mayor of San Diego, Kevin Faulconer.

Mayor Faulconer responded to a few complainers from La Jolla by dispatching a city worker to pressure wash away the well-wishes of the children. That’s the “One San Diego” that matters; the almighty dollar bill in the hands of political donors.

As if desiring to rub all our faces in what matters to the Mayor, the person who did the actual work, the one who was dispatched to vandalize the art of children, was himself African-American.  This is the America that needs racial justice.

We’d like to see residents of La Jolla and surrounding communities such as Carmel Valley, Del Mar Heights, Del Mar Mesa, Pacific Highlands Ranch, La Jolla, Torrey Hills, Torrey Pines, University City, and the University of California, San Diego send the Mayor and the City Council some complaints of their own, about the failure of the City to address racial tensions.

We need bolder leadership in this City.  We need a Mayor with the guts to stand up to donors, and do the right thing.  We need a Mayor who can say “nonsense” when biodegradable temporary art is called “vandalism” and a “safety hazard.”  We need a Mayor who thinks lives matter more than dollars.

Francine Maxwell, President
NAACP San Diego Branch

Branch Election Stage IV: Nominations

October 1st General Membership Meeting

At our October 1st General Membership Meeting, we have three matters of election business:

  1. The Nominating Committee will present its slate of candidates
  2. Nominations by petition will be taken
  3. We will choose the software we will use to conduct our election
  4. We will elect the Election Supervisory Committee

1. The Nominating Committee Slate

At the September 3rd General Membership Meeting we elected the following persons to the Nominating Committee:

Allie AkmalLetitia FlynnKhalada Salaam-Alaji
Petrina BranchDiane Langworthy
Dr Robert BrownPhilip Liburd

These folks were charged with coming up for a nominee for each of our six (or seven) Officers and ten At-Large Executive Committee Members.  They will give their report at our October meeting and present their list of candidates.  If you would like to be interviewed by the nominating committee for a position on their slate, please email [email protected].  The Nominating Committee requests responses by September 18th.

2. Nominations by Petition

Nominating Petitions

Also at the October 1st General Membership Meeting, we will accept nominations by petition.  In order for a nomination by petition to be valid, it must be signed by the nominee (granting consent for the nomination) and by at least three other members in good standing.

You may download a Petition and Consent form here.  The form should be signed by all parties and emailed to [email protected], or mailed to the Branch at:

NAACP San Diego Branch
PO Box 152086
San Diego CA 92195-2086

Please realize that the form MUST reach the Branch by October 1st to be considered.  Postmarks are insufficient; we MUST receive it.

For email, we will accept scanned copies or copies signed via AdobeSign or DocuSign or similar.

We greatly encourage you to submit your nominating petitions sooner rather than later.  We will validate them and let you know if there is anything that needs to be fixed.  There is no margin for error at the October 1st meeting.  Your petition will be validated during the meeting, and if it is found invalid you only have until the nominations close during the meeting to resubmit it.

“Good Standing” — Candidate and Signer Eligibility

We have written a lengthy post listing what the various official documents (which can all be found at sandiegonaacp.org/election) say.  It boils down to this:

In order to run as a candidate you must:

  • Have been a paid member of the NAACP San Diego Branch, without any lapses in membership, between May 1st, 2020 and November 12th, 2020.
  • Live or work in the jurisdiction of the Branch; San Diego county south of the 56 freeway.

In order to sign a nominating petition you must:

  • Have been a paid member of the NAACP San Diego Branch, without any lapses in membership, for 30 days before the date you signed the nominating petition.
  • Live or work in the jurisdiction of the Branch; San Diego county south of the 56 freeway.

How Do I Know If I’m Eligible?

The best thing to do is email [email protected] and ask.

However, if you have your membership card, you can get some hints:

  • If your Unit Number is not 1063-B, you are probably not eligible.
  • If your Expiration Date is earlier than October 1st, 2020, you are probably not eligible to sign a nominating petition or run as a candidate.
  • If you are a new member and your Expiration Date is later than May 1st, 2021, you are probably not eligible to run as a candidate, though you may be able to sign a nominating petition for someone else.

John Doe is probably not eligible.  Jane Brown is probably eligible.

We say “probably” not eligible because there are some instances where there have been misunderstandings that can sometimes be fixed.  Please email [email protected] and we will try to help.

We say “probably” eligible because continuous membership in our Branch since May 1st, 2020 is required, and that continuity is hard to tell from a card, and you have to live or work in our jurisdiction, and that is also hard to tell from a card.

In-Meeting Validation

Please remember that the Secretary will be required to validate all the nominees and petition signers during our October 1st General Membership Meeting!  Please do all our members a favor and submit your petitions early so we can validate them early and not make everyone wait.  As an added bonus, that will mean there is no chance of a misunderstanding and an invalid nominating petition.

The moral of the story: email [email protected] and ask!

3. Choice of Election Software

We are going to use online election software.  Two choices will be presented, and we will ask the membership to choose which they prefer.

4. Election of the Election Supervisory Committee

The Election Supervisory Committee are the folks who will actually work out the nuts and bolts of the election.  They may not be candidates for office or the Executive Committee.  Please consider that the election is a lot of work they will be required to do; they should have both the skills and time to manage an operation like this.

In order to stand as a candidate for the Election Supervisory Committee, you have to have been a member of our Branch since September 1st, 2020 and live or work in our jurisdiction.

See full election details at sandiegonaacp.org/election

#GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday, often stylized as #GivingTuesday, is the Tuesday after U.S. Thanksgiving in the United States. It is a movement to create an international day of charitable giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season.

This year, the NAACP San Diego branch has a working budget and, since many of their members need support during this unprecedented pandemic, the executive committee decided to pay it forward for a well deserving organization-I Am My Brother’s Keeper food program at the Jacob’s Center.  View the video, above, to see how IAMBK works to feed our community.

YOU CAN HELP YOUR COMMUNITY BY DONATING OR VOLUNTEERING

ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN

Each week I Am My Brother’s Keeper serves serve over 800 hundred families through their COVID-19 safe curbside grab and go distribution, walk-ups,  and home deliveries.  In addition, IAMBK offers certification courses in construction, basic math and reading, and resume review. IAMBK also aids with job searching skills, and basic computer skills. IAMBK also has a mentoring program, reaching out to families and youth that may have a need for positive role models. Lastly, once a week members of IAMBK walk neighborhoods and talk with the youth about the 3 p’s: personal health, personal wealth, and personal protection. This teaches youth the importance of healthy living while introducing them to the organizations, small businesses and activists in their communities already doing their part to create a safer wealthier and a more socially conscious California.

Our Leaders Are Making Their Choices on Racial Tensions

August 30, 2020

FEAR has two meanings:

Forget Everything And Run or

Face Everything And Rise

The choice is yours.

The NAACP San Diego Branch extends its deep concern and heartfelt prayers for Jacob Blake and his family. After being shot under questionable circumstances in front of his three young sons, he lies paralyzed in his Kenosha, Wisconsin hospital bed.  The country, still raw and reeling from Mr George Floyd, Ms Breonna Taylor, Ahmand Arbery and an endless list of black lives taken by Police in the weeks, months, years and decades before, has erupted once again in protest.

Here in San Diego, peaceful protests have resulted in injuries to both residents and police officers.  Unfortunately, during the most recent demonstrations, at least one police officer chose to increase the racial tension by wearing a non-department-issued “Blue Lives Matter” face mask while on duty during the protest.

We can all agree that the protest activities surrounding the numerous killings of unarmed Black men and women nationwide is unprecedented. People from all walks of life are crying out for change. Yet the leadership for our region has largely been silent.

Visit the websites of your elected officials to see if they’ve said anything about the issue of police brutality in their official capacities over the past few weeks. We did, and here’s what we found:

  • Mayor Kevin Faulconer – is talking about the Sports Arena
  • Council President Georgette Gómez – is talking about housing (certainly a vital topic)
  • Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry – is silent, on legislative recess
  • Council Member Monica Montgomery – is silent, on legislative recess
  • Council Member Mark Kersey – is silent, on legislative recess
  • Council Member Jennifer Campbell – is silent, on legislative recess
  • Council Member Chris Ward – is silent, on legislative recess
  • Council Member Chris Cate – is talking about closed libraries and comedy clubs
  • Council Member Vivian Moreno – is silent, on legislative recess
  • Supervisor Fletcher – is talking about his budget amendments and Women’s Equality day.
  • Assembly Member Dr Shirley Weber – is silent
  • Assembly Member Todd Gloria – is silent
  • Senator Ben Hueso – is silent
  • Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins – is talking about housing (certainly a vital topic)

We have elected the aforementioned individuals to represent us.  Now is the time for them to lead. Now is the time to talk about definitive plans to change “business as usual.” NOW is the time for them to demonstrate to us that you are courageous and caring.  Demonstrate to us now that you are not forgetting us and as such, neglecting your duty to represent all of us.  FACE this situation and RISE; do not run and hope that tensions will calm themselves.

Francine Maxwell, President
NAACP San Diego Branch

Unaddressed Racial Disparities

August 21, 2020

Back in May, we wrote about the violent arrest of a woman for walking her dog.  We also submitted a complaint to the Community Review Board, which is supposed to give the community a voice in the discipline of San Diego Police Department officers.

We recently received a response regarding the status of our complaint.   There is evidently a large backlog of community complaints, and the CRB does not have the staff to keep up with the workload.  Hope was expressed that the ballot measure to turn the CRB into a Commission on Police Practices would pass, and bring with it more funding and more staff.

People of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds came out to peacefully protest for change, and what have we gotten?  The carotid restraint has been banned and the San Diego Police Department has instituted a de-escalation policy.  Both of these things are welcome but not nearly sufficient.  Furthermore, both of these things come from the San Diego Police Department, and no action has come from the Mayor or the City Council.

Just the other night we received a shocking example of a young man being racially profiled and illegally harassed by the SDPD.  Are we just supposed to sit back and wait for the November election and 2021 to see any more change?

No.  Our elected officials should be bolder leaders to the constituents of San Diego and should have immediately installed youth on the Youth Commission to get them engaged on what they want to see in their city.  The empty seats on the CRB need to be filled so the backlog can be eliminated, and not left as a legacy to the incoming CRB (or CPP).  There are so many more Commissions that could be helping with the racial tensions in our City.  The City’s latest listing shows these vacancies on relevant boards and commissions:

  • Accessibility Advisory Board: 2
  • Citizens’ Advisory Board on Police/Community Relations: 2
  • Citizens’ Equal Opportunity Commission: 3
  • CRB: 7 (SEVEN!)
  • Human Relations Commission: 3
  • Senior Affairs Advisory Board: 5
  • Sustainable Energy Board: 6

The state of emergency and the racial tension in the City hasn’t gone on August recess like the council. The NAACP San Diego branch is calling on the Council to ensure that boards and commissions with empty seats get dealt with upon the return to business.  We will not stand by and allow the newly civically-minded and engaged constituents to be ignored and disheartened. Citizen engagement is vital to democracy; disenfranchisement and despair lead only to disunity and destruction.The above mentioned arrest1 should have been dealt with by now.  Justice delayed is justice denied has never been more true than regarding discipline of SDPD officers.  If investigations are dragged out, if the CRB is understaffed, it guarantees the permanent denial of justice.

Francine Maxwell, President
NAACP San Diego Branch